Creative Writing Program

Department of English

Creighton Hall, Room 134
Creighton University
Omaha, NE 68178
Phone: (402) 280-2822
Fax: (402) 280-2143

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Jill Dickey
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Creative Writing Program

B.A. in English with a Specialization in Creative Writing

Classes in the undergraduate program are small and intensive, with an average of 8-15 students in each, which allows for much more student-teacher contact than other, larger programs can provide. Majors enjoy not only the benefits of personalized instruction but also the opportunity to work closely with distinguished contemporary writers. See the Course Requirements for the Major.

The program also offers a minor in creative writing for undergraduates pursuing other studies. This option is especially popular among students interested in law, medicine, and other majors requiring creative thinking and clear expression. See the Course Requirements for the Minor.

Undergraduate Courses

(The courses listed below are for the major itself. For a full list of required courses, consult the Creighton catalogue or speak to one of the faculty members in the program. To learn the actual schedule of course offerings, refer to the Registrar's schedule of classes. Note: all undergraduate creative writing courses have been designated "certified writing" courses.)

ENG 300: Introduction to Creative Writing (offered Fall and Spring terms)
English 300 is the first course in the creative writing sequence. Here, students are introduced to the techniques, strategies, and issues of writing poetry and fiction. We regard creative writing as an essential process for building and appreciating character requiring the highest professional standards. (Prerequisite: English 150 or Director's approval.)

ENG 301: Narrative Forms (offered every Fall term)
The course provides practical guidance in the writing of fiction and a forum for discussing the theory and appreciation of fiction. (Prerequisite: English 300 or Director's approval.)

ENG 302: Poetic Forms (offered every Spring term)
The course provides practical guidance in the writing of poetry and a forum for discussing the theory and appreciation of poetry. (Prerequisite: English 300 or Director's approval.)

ENG 403: Seminar in Creative Writing (offered Fall and Spring terms)
The course is a workshop in creative writing, the text for which is primarily the writing of the students enrolled. (Prerequisite: English 301 or 302; or Director's approval. Course can be taken three times for credit.)

ENG 404: Screenwriting (Consult Registrar's schedule)

The course is a workshop in the art and craft of screenwriting. Students produce a full-length screenplay. (Please note that ENG 404 is not required for the creative writing specialization.) (Prerequisite: English 300 and 301 or 302, or Instructor Permission.)

ENG 499: Senior Project (offered Fall and Spring terms)
This course is the culmination of the undergraduate major's work in the program, a book-length collection of fiction and/or poetry suitable for submission to publishers and/or graduate programs in creative writing. (Prerequisite: Sr. standing; English major or minor.)

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Certificate in Creative Writing

For those who already have an undergraduate degree of some kind, and who don't want to pursue a full undergraduate degree in creative writing, we offer a program of study leading to a certificate.

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M.A. in English with a Specialization in Creative Writing

The department offers the M.A. in English with a specialization in creative writing for students looking for traditional English study--in literature and critical theory, for instance--but with some attention to creative writing,

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M.F.A. in Creative Writing

The Creighton University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a two-year residential program whose focus is on the book. In small, intensive, and individualized workshops, students work toward creating book-length manuscripts and prepare them for publication through a series of workshops, craft classes, literature seminars, and meetings with visiting writers, editors, and agents. Eight-week terms and evening classes provide flexible scheduling. Students develop their writing skills at the same time that they learn to become contributing members of the literary community.


The resident writing faculty includes fiction writers Brent Spencer and David Mulliins, poet Trey Moody, and, for Spring 2018, fiction writer Ted Wheeler.

David Mullins is the author of Greetings from Below (Sarabande), winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and The International Walter Scott Prize for Short Stories. His stories have been been published in The Yale Review, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Ecotone, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere.

Trey Moody is the author of Thought That Nature (Sarabande), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. His poetry has been published in The Antioch Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Washington Square, West Branch, and elsewhere

Brent Spencer is the author, most recently, of Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son's Search for His Father (Backwaters), winner of The Nebraska Book Award and the Midwest Book Award. His short fiction has been published in Best American Mystery Stories, The Atlantic, GQ, Epoch, McSweeney's, The Missouri Review, Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

Fiction writer Theodore Wheeler is the author, most recently, of Kings of Broken Things (Little A) and won the Tarcher/Penguin Top Artist Writing Contest and the AWP Intro Journals Project Award, among others. His short fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest, Boulevard, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, Confrontation, and Five Chapters, among others.


Visiting writers, editors, and agents include Jonis Agee, Noah Ballard, Erin Belieu, Michelle Boisseau, Robert Boswell, Erin Bow, Matthew Daddona, Fred D'Aguiar, Ron Hansen, Michelle Herman, Andrew Hilleman, Harvey Hix, Ted Kooser, Antonya Nelson, Betsy Sholl, Natasha Trethewey, Mary Vermilion, Jane von Mehren, Don Waters, Theodore Wheeler, Sandi Wisenberg, and others.


Several full fellowships are available that pay full tuition and a yearly stipend of over $11,000 for each of two years of full-time study. Full-time fellows contribute to program development, help to edit Blue River, run the reading series, and more. Several half-fellowships are available that pay half the tuition for two years of full-time study.


Teaching opportunities are available, as well as training and real-world experience in editing and publishing. The MFA program sponsors Shadows, the undergraduate literary magazine and Blue River, the literary magazine run by the MFA students. The program also hosts the Creighton Reading Series, bringing well-known writers, editors, and literary agents to campus for readings, talks, and workshops.


Creighton MFA students have bee published in Allegory Ridge, Alternating Current Press, Bear Review, Blinders Literary Journal, Boulevard, Brevity, The Chattahoochee Review, The Cincinnati Review, Confrontation, Crab Orchard Review, Dually Noted, Five Chapters, F(r)iction, GERM Magazine, Incunabula, The Kenyon Review, Literary Nest, Marathon Literary Review, Newfound, Obra, RipRap Literary Journal, Rootstalk, Ruminate Magazine, Salt Magazine, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Snapdragon, The Southern Review, STARK, Stonecoast Review, Sugar House Review, Tethered by Letters, Third Coast, Upwrite Magazine, Vestal Review, The Windmill, and other places.

Their work has been anthologized in Best New American Voices, New Stories from the Midwest, The Flat Water Stirs: An Anthology of Emerging Nebraska Poets, and elsewhere.

Their books have been published by Edition Solitude, Leaf Garden Press, Little A, Queen’s Ferry Press, Penguin, and other presses.

Their awards include The Intro Journals Award, The Marianne Russo Award, Tarcher/Penguin Top Artist Competition, Robert and Adele Schiff Prize in Prose, Boulevard's Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers,

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